2019 Local Elections and Animal Cruelty Issues – Cavan

24 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Cavan) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Winston Bennett (Fine Gael, Cavan, Ballyjamesduff)
“No I am not [in favour of a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing]” from a text message to ICABS, October 2014

In Mayo 2016, Cllr Bennett encouraged farmers in Cavan to shoot and kill wild deer who wander “willy-nilly” from forests on to private land. Quoted in the Irish Mirror, he blamed deer for causing damage and declared: “If deer are breaking into farmers’ land and they have a proper gun licence, they should be allowed to shoot them. We live in the real world, farmers can shoot stray dogs so it should be the same for wild deer. You have deers wandering from forests and onto people’s land and they can’t just do that willy-nilly. Something has to be done.”

Cllr Damien Brady (Sinn Fein, Cavan, Belturbet)
“Fine Gael Cllr Peter McVitty and Sinn Fein Cllr Damien Brady from Cavan voiced their support for the [pro-blood sports Rise] campaign.” (Leitrim Observer, May 24, 2010).

Cllr Peter McVitty (Fine Gael, Cavan, Belturbet)
“Fine Gael Cllr Peter McVitty and Sinn Fein Cllr Damien Brady from Cavan voiced their support for the [pro-blood sports Rise] campaign.” (Leitrim Observer, May 24, 2010).

Cllr Shane P O’Reilly (Fianna Fail, Cavan, Ballyjamesduff) 
“I totally am against both [foxhunting and hare coursing]. I love horse and greyhound racing. I was at a coursing meet with a friend of mine a few years ago, it disturbed me…it’s shocking the terrible treatment of animals in this country.” from a message to a local constituent, May 2014.

Emmett Smith (People Before Profit, Belturbet)
People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

See the full list of Cavan candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047624-cavan-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

If you are a candidate and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com 

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